Marne Lucas

  • 'Incident Energy' 4 channel infrared video installation. ©2013 Marne Lucas and Jacob Pander
  • 'Incident Energy' 4 channel infrared video installation. ©2013 Marne Lucas and Jacob Pander
  • 'Warlord Sun King' © 2009 Bruce Conkle & Marne Lucas Tanning bed, grow lights, crystals, rocks, live plants, moss, coconut, meteorite, recycling, motor, photography, mixed media. Dimensions variable. -Installation view: an extravagant Eco-Baroque chandelier, transcending visual decadence in a multi-sensory atmosphere.
  • 'Warlord Sun King' © 2009 Bruce Conkle & Marne Lucas Detail of chandelier, rocks & crystals. From 'Warlord Sun King: The Genesis of Eco-Baroque'.
  • 'Eco-Baroque in Ikh Gazriin Chuluu Gobi' Land Art Mongolia 360° Biennial © 2012 Bruce Conkle & Marne Lucas -Gold, silver and copper leaf was applied to the rocks; alluding to the minerals currently mined in Mongolia.
  • 'Eco-Baroque in Ikh Gazriin Chuluu Gobi' Land Art Mongolia 360° Biennial © 2012 Bruce Conkle & Marne Lucas -Gold, silver and copper leaf was applied to the rocks; alluding to the minerals currently mined in Mongolia.
  • Detail: 'Eco-Baroque in Ikh Gazriin Chuluu Gobi' Land Art Mongolia 360° Biennial © 2012 Bruce Conkle & Marne Lucas -Gold, silver and copper leaf was applied to the rocks; alluding to the minerals currently mined in Mongolia.
  • 'East Coast, West Coast' Archival pigment print, 16 x 20". © 2009 Marne Lucas
  • 'Eco Baroque: Universal Variance' Detail of a public art installation at PSU Smith Memorial Student Union. © 2009 Bruce Conkle & Marne Lucas
  • 'Tree Conch' ©2016 Marne Lucas. Kohler artist residency in cast iron/brass foundry.
  • 'Infinity Snake'. Cast iron. 24" x 11 x 4". Lucas made works that relate to her 'Bardo' project about end-of-life care while on a Kohler artist residency in cast iron and porcelain foundry.

Marne Lucas is a photographer and multi-disciplinary artist living and working in New York City and Portland, Oregon. Lucas’ investigations of nature, culture and the body frequently employ sensual metaphor with humor, and use photography, video and installation to present unique aesthetic and social philosophies. She collaborates extensively behind and in front of the camera, and is known for her stylistic portraiture and works as a commercial freelance photographer. Her video, photography and installation art have conceptual overlaps: biomorphic forms, the body, energy, constellations, natural resources and mankind’s place in and relationship to these elements.

She is currently working on ‘Bardo’ a multi-media project exploring creativity as a form of spiritual end-of-life care, illuminating the positive effects of art as mind and body are integrated; coupled with relics from those journeys. Working with hospice patients to express artistic endeavors that best represent their legacy, her aim is to help the dying attain peace and acceptance in the face of death. Lucas made her first ‘Bardo’ related sculptural works at Arts/Industry as a 2016 John Michael Kohler Artist resident in brass foundry and porcelain slip-casting.

Recent video work, a multi-channel infrared (IR) video installation ‘Incident Energy’ (2013-14) with Jacob Pander used heat sensitive imaging cameras to reference surveillance culture and the fragility of human existence. Range Phenomenology associated with military, border or aerial surveillance visualizes the surreal beauty of heat-signatures radiating from the corporeal, offering a glimpse of our temporal coalescence of ancient stellar energy.

For the past several years she has worked closely with collaborator Bruce Conkle on their invented genre of ‘Eco-Baroque’ art, creating elaborate Nature-based inspired installations and sculptures made from recycled or natural materials. Exploring nature and regionalism with a wry reverence, they present eco-based philosophies about humanity. Together they exhibited in the 2012 Mongolia 360• Land Art Biennial, the Portland2010 Oregon Art Biennial and at The Art Gym at Marylhurst University.

Lucas exhibits in solo and group shows in the U.S. and internationally, and has participated in an invitational CentralTrak artist residency, a Caldera artist residency; and has received RACC project grants in 2006, collaboratively 2008 and 2012. She made a public art commission for the Portland State University Smith Memorial Student Union, funded by a ‘Public Art + Residency Projects’ Oregon Arts Commission grant. She has sculptural work in the permanent collections of the National Mongolian Modern Art Museum and the Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union Public Art + Residency Project. Also a harm-reduction activist, she co-curated the ‘Danzine Retrospective’ (NYC) with Teresa Dulce (founding director of the non-profit organization Danzine) as part of ‘At The Mercy of Others: The Politics of Care’, which was organized by the 2004-05 Whitney Museum ISP Fellows.

She loves surfing, bodies of water and collecting rocks.
http://www.marnelucas.com
http://incidentenergyproject.com/
http://marnelucas.tumblr.com/

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    • New York NY 10030
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